Staff recommends funding for Rosemont neighborhood improvements

map of neighborhoodThe area targeted for improvements, outlined in red, totals just under 1 square mile.

Staff has recommended an additional $3.1 million in funding to the Rosemont area as the 2020 target area for neighborhood improvements. This recommendation comes after a lengthy review process, using a variety of criteria. The City Council will vote Jan. 28 to designate the 2020 recipient of the Neighborhood Improvement Strategy funding.

Criteria used to select this year’s neighborhood included: median household income, poverty rate, unemployment rate, population without a high school diploma, annual substandard structure violations, crime statistics, pavement condition, neighborhood association capacity, leadership and engagement, and non-profit partnerships in the area. Rosemont was selected based on its ranking in the various criteria.

This additional funding comes from a .40-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods.

In 2017, the first year of the program, the city provided $2.56 million to the Stop Six neighborhood. The next year, the Ash Crescent neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth received $2.77 million. And in 2019, the Northside neighborhood received $3.05 million for improvements.

“I am incredibly excited for the Rosemont/Greater Hemphill area to be the partner in Neighborhood Improvement Program for 2020,” said Councilmember Ann Zadeh. “This program has shown great success in the last three years using data to improve vitality and quality of life. We strive for all Fort Worth neighborhoods to provide decent affordable housing, high-performing schools, attainable health care and social services, accessible employment, connective transportation, active retail and commercial areas, safe streets, and sustainable infrastructure.”

“The residents of this area have recently been reenergized to participate in improving their community,” continued Councilmember Zadeh. “I have no doubt they will be an active participate in identifying and implementing goals to improve the neighborhood. Having always been an active participant in the communities in which I have lived, it is one of the greatest joys of serving the residents of District 9 to support and encourage active participation of residents. This program supports those efforts in tangible ways. To continue to partner with and support the residents of Rosemont during the coming year will no doubt be the highlight of 2020.”

The targeted Rosemont area is bounded on the south by West Seminar Drive, on the west by Willing Avenue, on the east by Alice Street and on the north by West Biddison Street. The area totals .94 square mile.

Potential improvements to the neighborhood include improved streets, sidewalks and lighting; security cameras aimed at reducing crime; litter abatement and illegal dump removal; and home improvements with housing rehabilitation programs.

About Rosemont

Facts about the Rosemont neighborhood:
Population: 7,370.
Council District: 9, represented by Councilmember Ann Zadeh.
Median household income: $36,064.
Median housing age: 59 years.
Unemployment rate: 6%.
Families below poverty level: 31%.
Population without high school diploma: 28%.
Substandard structure violations: 34 annually.
Crimes against people: 106 per 1,000 people per year.